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Cherry Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

Cherry Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

Take your pork to a new level of sophistication without the fuss. This recipe is a flavorful light dish versatile enough for any time of year. The marinade can also be made with cranberries, pomegranate or dried cherries (re-hydrated).


  • 2 cups cherry juice (or pomegranate)
  • 1/2 cup +2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Sauce Goddess Moroccan Twist Spice Rub
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 pork tenderloin, cut into 2" thick fillets
  • 1 cup fresh sweet cherries, pitted with steams removed

    Marinade and Finishing Sauce
  1. In a blender combine cherry juice, balsamic, lemon juice, 3/4 cup of the sweet cherries, 2 Tbsp of oil and Moroccan Twist seasoning. Blend on low to puree the cherries.
  2. Pour half the mixture into a storage container for basting. Add 1/4 cup cherries and refrigerate the finishing sauce until ready to cook.
  3. Pour the other half of the blended sauce into a zip top bag.
  4. Add remaining olive oil and pork to the bag.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Overnight is better.
    Cooking Pork
  1. After 6 hours, remove pork from fridge. Let sit while you heat the finishing sauce.
  2. Remove storage container of sauce from fridge and pour into sauce pan.
  3. Heat on warm until it starts bubbling to a simmer.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup into a basting bowl to use when grilling.
  5. Reduce the remaining sauce by continuing to simmer for 20 minutes on low to thicken.
  6. Heat your grill on medium.
  7. Remove pork from marinade bag and discard the marinade liquid and bag.
  8. Place pork fillets on the grill.
  9. Cook pork for 5 minutes per side.
  10. Then begin basting and flipping every 3 minutes until it feels firm and measures 165 degrees with a thermometer.
  11. Cover pork with finishing sauce and serve.

The combination of Moroccan spices and cherrie or pomegranate is really delicious.

Prep Time: 45 minutes - Cook Time: 30 minutes ; Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 3 filets

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Mexican Marinade and Dressing

The meat will be so tender and have an intense flavor of lime and cilantro. It will be a tiny bit spicy.



  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together.
  3. Done.

Use as a marinade or pork or chicken or beef. Overnight is great to really soak the flavors in. If you want to use it with firm fish, use half the juice or you will “cook” the fish and create ceviche.

Use as a dressing for slaw or salad with tacos. Shown here with mixed slaw with broccoli and cabbage and kale.

Prep Time: 20 minutes ; Yield: 3 cups

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Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Hot Dogs

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Hot Dogs


  1. Partially slice thru the hot dogs lengthwise. They should look like a hotdog bun themselves, opening partially.
  2. Break cheese slice in half.
  3. Place each half slice into hotdog opening.
  4. Get 2 toothpicks and one slice of bacon.
  5. Sprinkle Sauce Goddess Sweet Heat spice rub on one side of the bacon slice.
  6. Using one toothpick attach one end of the bacon to the hotdog spice side facing towards the hotdog.
  7. Wrap the bacon around the hotdog from one end to the other, attaching the second toothpick.
  8. Place on the grill and cook until the bacon is slightly.
  9. Baste the hotdog with Sauce Goddess grilling sauce.
  10. Cook until sauce is caramelized and bacon is completely cooked.

Prep Time: 15 minutes - Cook Time: 10 minutes ; Yield: 6

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Grilled Asparagus

This is a recipe that is made for almost every grill out. It’s bright and fresh tasting with fennel and thyme.

Grilled Asparagus

  • 1 lb asparagus, whiter hard ends trimmed off
  • Olivie oil
  • 1 tsp Original Super Chunk

  1. Drizzle olive oil over asparagus.
  2. Sprinkle Super Chunk.
  3. Grilled until the stems just begin to get a bit softer.

Prep Time: 5 minutes - Cook Time: 10 minutes ; Yield: 4-6

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Carne Asada

This is a lighter take on traditional carne asada you might be use to. It’s a bit spicy and fresher than a heavy marinade. Great for tacos or with a simple salsa for dinner. Can be made with chicken too.

Carne Asada


  1. Lay the flap meat in a pan.
  2. Sprinkle on Latin Heat and rub into to each slice.
  3. Drizzle with oil and lime juice.
  4. Place all in a zip top bag and let marinade in your fridge for up to 3 days.
  5. Grill over high heat and serve with tortillas, salsa and cabbage slaw.

Prep Time: 10 minutes - Cook Time: 10 minutes ; Yield: 16
Serving Size: 1/2 cup

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Get out the plank for this fish

This dish is a healthy dish that is simple and delicious. It only takes 20 minutes to cook the fish, so you could create a salad to put the salmon on or cook some veggies on the grill sprinkled with your favorite Sauce Goddess spice rub to make a great meal!

Sweet Heat Salmon


  1. Soak the plank for 30 minutes in water.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Place salmon on the plank and sprinkle with BBQ Sweet Heat. If you don’t have a plank, lightly oil a piece of foil or a baking dish and place salmon on that.
  4. Place the plank in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until fish is almost done. There will be some cooking after it is removed from the heat.
  5. Plate your fish and enjoy with some healthy veggies.

This recipe can be done in the oven or on the grill. If you don’t have a grilling plank use a pan or piece of foil.

If you are grilling the fish, the plank will smoke a bit and burn. That’s okay, it imparts a nice mild flavor to the salmon.

Prep Time: 30 minutes - Cook Time: 20 minutes ; Yield: 2

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Drunk Dunked Chicken

This is a long slow basting by dunking process. You can use any Sauce Goddess rub and it’s delicious. It’s also great on the smoker. Feel free to use wine, bourbon or tequila instead of beer. If you want to go alcohol free, use low sodium chicken broth instead. Relax enjoy and have a glass or two of your favorite beverage yourself while everything is cooking.

Drunk Dunked Chicken

  • 4 lbs of chicken thighs, drumsticks, wings and/or breasts (skin on)
  • 2 cups water
  • 8-12 oz good quality beer (pick what you like then enjoy the rest)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 Tbsp Sauce Goddess spice rub (each one is delicious in this recipe so pick your flavor)
  • Juice of 2 lemons, plus the lemons
  • 3 cloves of smashed garlic
  • 1 tsp salt

  1. Place all ingredients (except the chicken) in a pot big enough to easily dunk the chicken pieces.
  2. Heat up the dunking liquid until butter is melted. Taste for seasoning, add more spice rub or salt if needed. Don't taste it once you start dunking raw chicken, so get the flavor right before you dunk.
  3. Heat your grill on medium to low with flames on one side, or get your smoker going using the water pan.
  4. Carefully dunk the chicken pieces into the “drink” and place them on the grill side where there is no flame.
  5. Close the lid and watch for too much smoke/heat. If it’s cooking too fast open the lid and turn the heat down.
  6. After 15 minutes, dunk again, flip over to the other side and repeat.
  7. This dunking process will continue every 15 minutes until the chicken is perfectly cooked and ready to eat. It may take an hour and a half.
  8. After an hour using the off-heat side of your grill, you may dunk and place over the “live” fire and get a bit more browning.

If you are using a thermometer, go for 160 degrees. If you are doing it by eye, I like to take one piece off (thigh) and gently press it into a cutting board (not cutting it, just applying a small amount of pressure to see if any red juices come out). If it’s clear the chicken is done, if the juices are bloody looking get it back on the grill for a few until the next test piece has clear juices.

Prep Time: 30 minutes - Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes ; Yield: 8-10 servings
Serving Size: 1/2 pound each

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Hawaiian Chicken and Bacon Skewers

This recipe is a great version of traditional Hawaiian style skewers with an added tweak – bacon! Sauce Goddess Sweet & Tangy Mop Sauce brings together the pineapple and pepper flavors into a mouthwatering tangy treat. It’s versatile enough for most any kind of meat, so if you’re in the mood for steak or just want to double up on the pork mix them in or swap out for the chicken.

Hawaiian Chicken and Bacon Skewers

  • 8 skewers (if they are wood, soak for 30 minutes in water)
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 2 lbs chicken, boneless skinless thighs are nice and moist
  • 3/4 cup Sauce Goddess Sweet & Tangy Marinade and Mop sauce
  • 1 sweet onion, cut into chunks then separated into slices
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks

    Chicken Prep
  1. Cut chicken into 1-2 inch cubes.
  2. Place Sweet & Tangy sauce into a zip top bag and add chicken chunks.
  3. Remove most of the air and zip closed.
  4. Place in fridge overnight.
    Skewer Creation
  1. Start each skewer by first adding a pepper slice and then an onion slice.
  2. Add one end of a strip of bacon (one per skewer). Do "NOT" move the bacon down the skewer. You need to move it only far enough to get another ingredient on so it will be tightly woven.
  3. Add the chicken then move down slightly and add pineapple, onion and pepper.
  4. Gently stretch the bacon and run the skewer thru it a second time.
  5. Continue with chicken, onions, pineapple and pepper, weaving one strip of bacon every 2 " or so.
  6. Heat your grill to 300 at most.
  7. Place skewers on the grill and cook slowly to make sure the bacon and chicken are both cooked completely.
    Optional Added Tanginess
  1. Baste with fresh Sweet & Tangy Mop sauce as desired while the skewers are cooking.

Prep Time: 40 minutes - Cook Time: 20 minutes ; Yield: 4
Serving Size: 2

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos

This is much more fun (and sinful) than low cal ranch dipping sauce with raw peppers. It’s perfect for meals on the grill or tantalizing appetizer. It takes a bit more time but so worth it!


  • 8 whole jalapeno peppers (or mild mini bells)
  • 8 strips uncooked bacon, thin
  • ¼ cup Sauce Goddess Sticky Sweet or Sweet & Spicy sauce
  • 8 x ½ inch pieces of Monterey Jack or other good melting cheese
  • 16 toothpicks

  1. Soak the toothpicks in water so they won’t burn on the grill.
    Prepare Peppers
  1. Half cut lid of pepper by carefully slicing across halfway thru the pepper at the top just below the stem.
  2. Cut a side slit by carefully slicing down the length of the pepper 2/3 of the way down.
  3. "Manage the Heat:" Some of the seeds and ribs have to be removed to make room for the cheese but not all of them. If you want it good 'n spicy you can leave some in. If you use the milder mini peppers no seeds need to be removed.
  4. To remove seeds and rib open the pepper gently by pressing the end toward the stem. Using a small paring knife carefully cut the ribs where they meet the side of the pepper. Use the knife and pull at them. They should come out with slight resistance.
    Put It All Together
  1. Now that the pepper has some space, place one slice of cheese inside.
  2. Wrap uncooked bacon around pepper taking care to place the largest end of the bacon over the top slit and roll the bacon around to the tip then back to the top.
  3. Use 2 toothpicks to seal the pepper closed and hold the cheese inside while it melts by pushing them completely through in an X configuration.
  4. Grill over low/medium heat until the bacon is cooked.
  5. Baste with Sauce Goddess BBQ sauce of choice and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  6. Put a little extra BBQ sauce in a bowl if you want some dipping sauce.

Prep Time: 1 hour - Cook Time: 20 minutes ; Yield: 4
Serving Size: 2

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BBQ Bacon Fatty

Known as the breakfast on BBQ competition mornings, it’s perfect for a group with a good appetite. When made with ground turkey it’s known as the “skinny fatty”. No matter what meat you choose it’s super delicious.

BBQ Bacon Fatty


    Meat Roll Prep
  1. Preheat the oven or smoker on 250 degrees.
  2. Add seasoning to ground turkey.
  3. Place a large piece of plastic wrap on a cutting board.
  4. Spread out the ground turkey into a square about 8-9".
  5. Sprinkle cheese over meat.
  6. Drizzle half the sauce over the cheese.
  7. Roll up into a 9" tube. Should be about 4" around.
  8. Press the ends closed to seal in the cheese.
    Bacon Lattice
  1. Again, on plastic wrap lay half the bacon side by side.
  2. Place the other half of the slices across the first set, alternating top and bottom to create a lattice with the bacon slices.
  3. Remove the plastic wrap from the meat roll and place it on the bacon lattice.
  4. Use the wrap to help close up the entire BBQ bacon fatty.
  5. Bake for 1 hour at 250. Or feel free to use your smoker.
  6. Baste with sauce once the bacon has begun to get crispy.
  7. Use a meat thermometer to make sure it's 165.
  8. Slice and enjoy!

Prep Time: 30 minutes - Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes ; Yield: 10 servings
Serving Size: 1 slice

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